Are the Nats playing better baseball?

By Tom Schad | Associate Reporter

As the All-Star break passed and the losses continued to pile up, some Nationals players insisted that they were beginning to play better baseball. Even when they were swept by the Braves last week, they said that it was not for a lack of quality play. They could’ve played better, but they were no longer playing poorly. The team was taking steps in the right direction.

In the past four games, that improvement has translated into wins. And it got me thinking: Have the Nationals actually been playing better baseball?

I’m no Math major or statistics whiz, so the following analysis isn’t very advanced. But it does paint an interesting picture of the season.

The Nationals have been a disappointment this year — that much is perfectly clear — and yet they have quietly been improving with each passing month. Errors and earned runs are down, and runs and hits are up. And though we’re not even halfway through August yet, it’s shaping up to be the best month of the season.

April

May

June

July

August

Hits per game

7.59

7.57

8.31

8.48

9.1

Batting Avg.

.234

.230

.244

.255

.277

Runs per game

3.56

3.46

3.92

3.93

4.5

ER per game

3.74

3.29

3.46

4.37

2.7

Errors per game XXXX

0.89

0.57

0.73

0.56

0.5

Record

13-14 XXXX

15-13 XXXX

13-13 XXXX

11-16 XXXX

16-11* XX

*Record projection based on current winning percentage

Say what you will about the 2013 Nationals, but based on these numbers, they’re not giving up. There’s still a large chunk of the season remaining, and they’re only getting better.

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